Mike Basset and Bill Gates had been friends since high school. They’d competed for 1st place all the time. They’d spent hour’s together writing computer programs even before people heard in programming.
They grew up together and even went to university and were joint top students. They both went in the programming business and soon each opened their own computer company Bill named his ‘Microsoft’ and Mike called it ‘Compufriek’.
Bill was very successful and was very famous his products all across the globe he was well know for Windows and Microsoft office. On the other hand Mike was very good but only known in the United States but still lacking behind Bill.
They both got married and had children. Mike’s wife Jenny was very jealous of Marry Mrs. Gates shoe always used to talk about how successful her husband is and the contacts he makes with Difrent Company’s across the world. Mike is also fed up his only ambition from when he was a boy was to run the best computer company and here his best friend his standing in his way.
One day Mr. & Mrs. Gates invited the Bassets for a barbecue in their new mansion. It was exactly noon when the Bassets arrived at the Gates.
“Hello Mike” said Bill, “how’s things going?” he asked.
“Alright” replied Mike.
They sat down at a table, Bill has dismissed all the servants so they could spend some time together and do everything like the old days.
“I have just signed a deal with the Japanese,” “Worth a lot” saying Bill as proud as it gets.
“Good I wish the best for you” replied Mike but in a not meaning it sort of way. “I am fed up of this he’s always boasting about himself, oh I wish I was as rich and famous like Bill” he was saying to himself.
The day went on and they had dinner. The next day Mike’s wife started to nag she kept saying how come you’re not as rich as bill and you’re better than him, he couldn’t take it. That day he wanted to eat Chinese he went to his favorite Chinese restaurant ‘Chin Dragon’. They ate dinner and after a waitress came up to them, “do you want to try our new fortune cookies” “some people have been very lucky and even there dreams came true” she said.
“Well ok get us two,” replied Mike
“Right away” said the waitress. She went and came back after five minutes carrying a plate with 2 cookies.
“There you go,” said the waitress
Mike took his and snapped it in half and took the paper out.
“What does it say?” Asked Mikes wife.
“Fame and fortune will come very soon,” replied Mike.
His wife then takes hers and snaps it in half and took her paper.
“Mines say’s your loved ones will be rich and famous!” She told Mike. “Can it be that my dream will finally come true?” He said to himself.
“What does this mean?” Asked Jenny.
“I don’t know” Mike replied. “But lets go home I’m tired and I need a rest” he said.
When they got home Mike couldn’t stop thinking about the fortune cookies. He kept wondering was this just a coincidence that he got this in a fortune cookie, even Jenny his wife got the same thing. Can this be true can his life ambition come true? No
he thought it has to be a coincidence. That night he couldn’t sleep. He kept thinking if this was true what was going to bring him this fame and fortune? All he’s working on at this moment is a simple hacking program for him self because of free time.
His wife wakes up. She asks him why isn’t he asleep. He tells her what he’s thinking about and she says, “I don’t think your going to get fame and fortune just like that”
“What do you mean?” he replied
“Well, that hacking program you’re working on for fun” she says.
“Yes what about it?” he replies anxiously.
“Is it power full? She asks.
“Yeah its pretty good” he replies but doesn’t have a clue what’s all this got to do with his fortune.
“Why don’t you access Bills files and find out what he’s planning?” she says quietly.
“You want me to betray my best friend. No forget about it” he replied angrily and went to bed.
The next day he gets up and goes on his computer to do a bit of work. He kept working on his hacking program until it was finished. “Honey” he called. “I’ve finished my program.”
Jenny walks in and congratulates him “Well no you need to test it!” she said.
“Test it?” he replied. “Who on?” “I can’t try it on anyone its illegal”
“Well test it on Bills I am sure he wont mind, you are his best friend” she tells him “Just see if it works properly and the switch it off”
“Well ok” he replies and starts to test it he started to input and few numbers and letters and the put search. Bills name came up on the screen. He accessed his computer.
“Look what’s that?” asked Jenny
“Oh it will be some of his files” “I’ll close it now I know it works” he said
“No” Jenny said, “just have a quick look, it won’t hurt”
He sat there looking at Bill Gates files. His ambition took control of him. He spotted a file named ‘big plan’.
He began looking through it. It was a massive program what was going to change the world. He froze. All his life he wanted fame and now he could get it but at his best friends cost. Jenny kept telling him to copy the file then alter it for him so he goes wrong. She called him a coward. He didn’t know what to do.
His wife kept nagging him. He finally surrendered to his ambition and downloaded the file to his computer and started to alter Bills file completely. Jenny kept saying how wonderful he was and encouraged him to carry on. He was finished.
He worked day and night on this program until one day he had finished it. Bill rang him up that day and said that his whole life just went wrong. The program contract with the Japs he made has fallen because his program didn’t work. Now he has to pay Billions of pounds in compensation and at the moment cant pay that amount so he had to sell half his company. At that moment guilt started to grow in Mikes heart. His best friends life has collapsed but his road is open. He felt very sorry for him and said he was busy.
In the following week Mike made a contract with the British.
He sold them Bill’s program for a 30 billion contract he got 50% of the shares. His name was known all across the globe and his program sold very fast. But now he was feeling very guilty he’s now the famous rich and famous one while his friend was under debt.
In those weeks Bill didn’t even find out about Mike he was to busy sorting out his problem. He went and says the program a computer competition. He was absolutely stunned when it had looked just like the one he made. He gets a bit suspicious and goes to Mike’s home straight away.
When he got there he didn’t even say hello to Mike the first thing he said was “that program of yours when did you start making it?”
Mike hesitated a bit knowing Bills suspicion he replies “oh I’ve been on this special project for a long time, Its been a secret”
Bill talked to him about it and went back home. Mike was feeling awful he probably just lost his best friend. His guilt grew more and more over the days past. He didn’t hear from Bill for a while now and was really scared. What he didn’t know was at this time Bill was trying to see if anyone had hacked is computer. He knew that it couldn’t be just anyone because his computer was protected with extra security. Bill spent hours trying to track down the thief.
One day when Bill was on his computer he was going through a list of who opened the computer and when he say a weird number. He tried to find out what it meant but couldn’t.
Meanwhile Mike was not leading a happy life. He was rich and famous. Didn’t even see his wife, she was always out and about.
He couldn’t go out and show his face to the public they would just give him credit for the new program and that would make things worse.
One week later something very unexpected happened when Mike was at home. The F.B.I came knocking at his door.
“Can I help you?” he asked
“Would you please come with us?” they replied.
“What seems to be the matter?” Mike asked knowing he was caught.
“You are under arrest for hacking into someone’s computer and steeling ideas and programs.” They replied in a disappointed tone of voice.
At that moment he knew his life was over his ambition just destroyed his life. He went quietly with them. As stepping out of their car and going towards the police station he says Bill.
“I’m sorry,” he said to him.
“From all the people I didn’t want to think it was you” he replied in a disappointed way. Mike walked off with the agents and into the station.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. All of the money from the program went to Bill Gates and he got all the credit. He managed to by back all his company and start dominating the computer world once again. Mike was finished he would never write another computer program again. Bill’s life returned to normal except for one thing he had no best friend beside him.